The pace was slow enough that it would have been a challenge for Florida's Sophia Reynoso to reach it in time to make the throw to first base. Kvistad went 2-for-4 with three RBIs for Florida, as her solo home run in the first gave the SEC champions a 1-0 lead and her two-run single put the Gators up 4-0 in the second.
LSU had leadoff hits in both the fourth and fifth inning, but couldn't convert them into runs and Kleist retired 11 of the last 12 batters she faced after the Tigers put runners at the corners with just one out in the fourth. Florida needs one win to advance to Monday. As Paige Parker became the second pitcher ever to win eight consecutive starts at the Women's College World Series, joining Arizona's Jennie Finch, OU punched its ticket to a second-straight WCWS Final berth.
The Sooners, who have won 36 of their last 38 games, will play top-seeded Florida (58-8) in the finals.
"Now having options and having a little bit deeper staff takes a lot of stress off of Paige and keeps her mind a little bit freer and strong, and I think our team feels that, as well", Gasso said. Yet, she would exit Sunday's contest prematurely with the loss.More news: Djokovic, Nadal reach French Open third round
Florida is 13-1 at the WCWS since 2014 with seven shutouts in 14 games, and this year's team leads the nation with 40 shutouts and a team ERA of 0.66. I think we stayed calm today. It's going to bite you eventually, and we didn't play clean ball this tournament. And the sooner that we realize that, the sooner we do something really great.' That's the most special part of her. The teams have combined to win the past four national titles, but are meeting for the first time in the championship series. Lowary earned her 10th save of the season. "She's somebody that I just can't tell you how special of an individual - I know we all have special players, and I've had special players, but none like Delanie Gourley before".
For a team that had to replace four starters from its 2016 lineup, including two members of Team USA, Ocasio the everyday player has been the equivalent of a bonus roster addition.
OU went on to win that game and never trailed again over the next three games, including sweeping the Super Regional round at Auburn.
The top-seeded Gators, over their past 38 games, have been nearly as unbeatable as the Sooners, going 32-6 over that same time frame. I want to play with this team as long as I can. "We had some opportunities early, but to see these guys come in clutch late in the game when we were down shows that this is a setting that they love, they're not intimidated by it".More news: Maute Group kills 19 civilians in Marawi siege
White conceded in postgame interviews that OR "lost the game" after Oklahoma exerted pressure.
An LSU record was solidified in the fourth inning as Bailey Landry with an infield single to third recorded her 92nd hit of the year, breaking the tie with her and Ashlee Ducote (2000) at 91.
Just the 10 player in NCAA history to record at least eight career wins at the WCWS, Parker improved to 26-5 in 2017 as she held OR to two runs on five hits while striking out four with no walks in 5.0 innings. "With Barnhill out there and Gourley, those two are very tough".More news: 'You've no safe place', Portland white supremacist tells court